Funding Guidelines

Areas of Interest:

  • Educational opportunities for deserving and needy students
  • Preservation and protection of the natural environment
  • Medical research and care for the treatment, prevention and cure of arthritis, blindness and diabetes
  • Assistance for the poor, especially those of Appalachia and those of American Indian ancestry
  • Assistance and care for orphaned children who are unlikely to be adopted because of age, handicap, or for other reasons

Geographic Restrictions:
Florida, Appalachia, and other select locations within in the United States.

Grant Information:
In 2017 the Trust distributed 61 grants. The majority were one year in duration and ranged in size from $5,000 to $100,000.

Application Deadline:
The Application Deadline is September 15th, firm.

Applications must be date/time stamped no later than 11:59 pm on the due date. All information required must be complete at the time of submittal. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline.

Notification Date:
Applicants will be notified in writing of the acceptance or rejection of their request generally within three months of the application deadline.

Organizations considered for funding must be classified as qualified public charities under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Trust does not make grants to individuals. In addition, the Trust generally does not provide funding for endowments, annual giving campaigns, debt reduction or financing, conferences and seminars, travel, and advertising.

After a grant is made, the grantee organization is required to complete a final report of grant expenditures with financial and programmatic information. Future grant requests will not be considered if reports on previous grants are not completed.